Federal observers to monitor NC counties on Election Day

The lines were long at the Lake Lynn Community Center Saturday morning. During early voting in the March, 2016 primary.
The lines were long at the Lake Lynn Community Center Saturday morning. During early voting in the March, 2016 primary.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Federal observers from the U.S. Department of Justice will be monitoring voting precincts in five counties on Election Day, according to a memo obtained by CBS North Carolina.

The memo sent on Wednesday by the North Carolina State Board of Elections Director Kim Westbrook Strach went to Cumberland, Robeson, Wake, Forsyth and Mecklenburg counties.

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Certain precincts’ chief judges are instructed to allow the federal observes within the voting place. The exact sites are not identified in the memo.

The State Board of Elections says this is a common procedure in a federal election year. The Wake County Board of Elections says federal observers have come to the county during the last three presidential elections.

Back in August, CBS North Carolina learned that Homeland Security would be helping the state ensure cybersecurity during voting.

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